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North Shore Nursery School turns 50

Posted by Christina Jedra  June 19, 2013 10:20 AM

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The following was submitted by North Shore Nursery School:

On May 18th, North Shore Nursery School celebrated 50 years of providing a nurturing, engaging and excellent first school experience to young children with a Golden Gala. More than 150 current and former parents and teachers from all over the North Shore enjoyed an elegant dinner and nostalgia under a tent at the school.  The event featured a silent and live auction which helped to raise money for the school’s Endowment and Curriculum Fund. Present and honored that evening were founding mother Sally Loring and founding director Trautel Pundt, both of Manchester, who joined forces 1962 to provide an outstanding early childhood education. They were thrilled to see that the small program they began in a rented space at St. John’s Church was still thriving. Among the guests were alumna and current parent Betsy Powers and her mother, representing several generations of North Shore Nursery School families.  

Over the next 27 years, dedicated Teaching Director Marietta Lynch, of Gloucester, led North Shore Nursery School’s second chapter with renewed vision and continued parent support. After considerable planning and fundraising to provide the school a permanent home, they broke ground at 204 Greenwood Avenue in Beverly Farms and built a school house designed specifically to meet the needs of young children.  Miss Lynch also spearheaded a successful capital campaign to create an endowment for the school.

Today, with the leadership of Director Suzanne Hodson of Topsfield, North Shore Nursery School continues to live its mission of embracing the wonder of childhood. It promotes a play-based curriculum capitalizing on children’s natural style of learning.  The trustees and teachers understand that knowing the children well and building trusting relationships with them is critical to their learning.  North Shore Nursery School’s lasting commitment to low student-teacher ratios and highly qualified, nurturing faculty underscores this value. 

The community also celebrated the school’s 50th birthday with a Fall Festival where almost one hundred current and alumni families gathered to share memories while enjoying carnival games and a BBQ.  The school looks forward to future generations enjoying the treasured experience that is uniquely North Shore Nursery School. For more information about NSNS, please contact the school at 978-922-8450 or visit www.northshorenurseryschool.org

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